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Ba uncertain over Hammers future


Demba Ba

Demba Ba

Demba Ba

Demba Ba has not yet decided whether he will stay on at West Ham after confirming claims that he was racially abused by a supporter at the club's end-of-season dinner.

Police were called to the Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane on Monday night following disturbances at the £275-a-head event. It was initially suggested the problems had started because Ba refused to sign an autograph, but the Senegal striker maintains he did not turn down the request and that he and team-mate Danny Gabbidon were the victims of racism.

Ba told talkSPORT: "I will be thinking about my future later on. I just want to finish the season properly, then relax and have some time off with my family, then come back with some new resolutions."

Ba added: "It is a sad moment, but we tried our best until the end and unfortunately we were relegated."

The Senegal international, however, admitted the incident on Monday evening had left him shocked.

"This guy came and asked for an autograph so I gave him his autograph," Ba said. "Then he asked me nicely how I was feeling so I just said I was tired from the game (on Sunday) and that it was a tough game. And then he just replied 'Oh, we're tired watching you play every weekend'.

"I was surprised and told [Manuel] Da Costa what the guy had said. Then the guy all of a sudden started screaming at me like crazy. I tried to calm him down but he didn't want to.

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"(West Ham full-back) Herita Ilunga was sitting on the table next to me. He is a calm guy, so I just said 'come and try to calm this guy' but (the supporter) started insulting me. So I got up to show I'm not impressed at all by him, but this guy was a bit drunk.

"When he (the supporter) talked to me I didn't understand everything that he said, but the people next to me said he was saying racist things and stuff. When (Danny) Gabbidon heard these words he came and tried to talk to him, but this guy didn't want to listen and started insulting Gabbidon as well."

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